Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Combination Of Common Medications May Lead To Stroke

Date:
January 8, 2002
Source:
American Academy Of Neurology
Summary:
The use of serotonin-enhancing drugs -- including some newer antidepressants, antimigraine agents, decongestants, diet pills, amphetamines, and the popular drug of abuse 'ecstasy' -- can precipitate cerebrovascular syndrome (stroke) due to narrowing of cerebral blood vessels.

The use of serotonin-enhancing drugs – including some newer antidepressants, antimigraine agents, decongestants, diet pills, amphetamines, and the popular drug of abuse ‘ecstasy’ – can precipitate cerebrovascular syndrome (stroke) due to narrowing of cerebral blood vessels.

According to a study published in the January 8 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the use of multiple serotonergic drugs can precipitate sudden, severe headaches, seizures and stroke, particularly when combined with other vasoactive drugs.

In addition to advocating caution when combining medications that contain serotonin enhancers, this study presents implications for the care and treatment of patients exhibiting any of the above-mentioned symptoms, especially when presenting with sudden-onset headaches.

“We would stress the importance of asking these patients about use of such medications,” said study author A. B. Singhal, M.D. of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology.

While typical treatment of acute headaches may include use of serotonergic drugs, patients who present with sudden-onset headaches “may be best served by noninvasive evaluation of cerebral arteries for vasoconstriction, after conditions like brain hemorrhage have been excluded,” suggests Singhal. “If vasoconstriction is suspected, serotonergic agents should be discontinued.”

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 17,500 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit its web site at http://www.aan.com.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy Of Neurology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Academy Of Neurology. "Combination Of Common Medications May Lead To Stroke." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 January 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020108075542.htm>.
American Academy Of Neurology. (2002, January 8). Combination Of Common Medications May Lead To Stroke. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020108075542.htm
American Academy Of Neurology. "Combination Of Common Medications May Lead To Stroke." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020108075542.htm (accessed July 22, 2014).

Share This




More Mind & Brain News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Why Do People Believe We Only Use 10 Percent Of Our Brains?

Why Do People Believe We Only Use 10 Percent Of Our Brains?

Newsy (July 22, 2014) The new sci-fi thriller "Lucy" is making people question whether we really use all our brainpower. But, as scientists have insisted for years, we do. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Do Obese Women Have 'Food Learning Impairment'?

Do Obese Women Have 'Food Learning Impairment'?

Newsy (July 18, 2014) Yale researchers tested 135 men and women, and it was only obese women who were deemed to have "impaired associative learning." Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Does Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks Boost Urge To Drink?

Does Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks Boost Urge To Drink?

Newsy (July 18, 2014) A new study suggests that mixing alcohol with energy drinks makes you want to keep the party going. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Pot Cooking Class Teaches Responsible Eating

Pot Cooking Class Teaches Responsible Eating

AP (July 18, 2014) Following the nationwide trend of eased restrictions on marijuana use, pot edibles are growing in popularity. One Boston-area cooking class is teaching people how to eat pot responsibly. (July 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins